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  1. Good morning. My brother's birthday is October 12 and when growing up, his birthday was always on Columbus Day, so that's the date for us -- now and forever. You guys were all so cute doing your happy hour last night. Sweetest thing ever. My nephew is here to housesit while we are on our California cruise. He holds a place in our family much like "Our Sarah" does for @grapau27. He's a second son to us. But anyhow, we had some bon voyage of our own going on last night with him and DD's family. Clearing my head here this morning with lots of coffee. Bags are packed and now it's just wait for our assigned boarding time for the beautiful Koningsdam. For some reason, boarding is starting a bit later than usual. I think the first group is 1:00. It's great that live symphony is back in action, @rafinmd. Hope you had a wonderful time. That is definitely a good step toward "back to normal." Prayers here this Sunday morning for those on the care list and cheers for those celebrating. I always "unplug" when on a cruise, so won't be posting, but betcha there will be a nice "family photo" here at some point of our Dailyites from the Koningsdam. 😊 Have a great day Everyone! Maxine
  2. @Seasick Sailorand @Quartzsite Cruiser...I did something really dumb with my photos. I had prints made in order to put together travel scrapbooks. And then I deleted the photo files because I was just too darn stubborn to pay the extra Apple fee for more storage. While I love my scrapbooks, there is nothing left to send to people or post on a nice thread like this one. On rare occasions, I'll take a picture of a picture and post that, but of course quality is very poor that way. So folks at home, treasure those photo files. You never know when you will want or need them. In other news, super excited to be stepping on the beautiful Koningsdam tomorrow with a a few of my sweet Daily friends. 😍 As usual, I'm totally disorganized because we're not having to fly to meet the ship. Extra suitcases, hanging bags, superfluous wine...it's all strewn around the house. But the weather is beautiful today in San Diego for those arriving in town. 👍 Okay...back to packing. Wishing all a lovely afternoon/evening. Many thanks to our Daily contributors. 🛳️
  3. You never know what can be an inspiration. I have a good friend who swims every single day and has been encouraging me to do the same. She does laps. Debbie, I believe, does water aerobics. Both are great exercise, but for me that could never become a regular routine. Anyhow, whatever works, right? We do need to maintain strength as we get older -- for all kinds of reasons.
  4. Good morning! So much talent on display here today. Thank you @Heartgroveand @bdrcolefor sharing. Good to hear that surgery went well, @smitty34877. So sorry to hear that DGD needed that extra treatment, though. What an ordeal! Saying prayers for @dfish's family members with covid. It's disheartening that when this pandemic should be winding down, we keep hearing of more cases "close to home." I hope all have mild cases. @Sharon in AZ, hear ya about the anti-vaxxers. We have our own to contend with. Ours are losing valuable friendships unnecessarily. @StLouisCruisers, you are my inspiration to get back on the exercise bike and walking path. I maintained a healthy level of fitness my whole life until a few years ago when I had an emergency abdominal surgery for an obstructed bowel. Apparently this is common if you've had prior abdominal surgeries -- like a hysterectomy. Anyhow...TMI, but that unexpected and random medical emergency, falling hard on the heals of other health problems, finally took the wind out of my sails. I threw in the towel! But no more. I've been on my exercise bike for an hour a day for one week straight now. Thank you, Sandi!! 💪 And thank you to all contributors here on the Daily. TGIF! 😊
  5. OMG...crazy news here on the Daily today. @smitty34877Terry, what next? That angel of yours looks like such a little trooper. Hopefully she heals very quickly. Your DDIL certainly has her hands full. I hope your son gets well quickly and the family is healthy again. @Tbay, very sad news as well that your DH is having to "suffer twice" from his awful disease. My handsome, kind and sweet cousin is having a similar experience. Praying that any setback your DH is having will be very brief indeed. The collection of days is kinda random. Isn't it nice that bald is embraced these days. One of the daytime talk shows years ago (Merv Grffin?) had a "get rid of the combover" day and they gave the guys in the audience shaved heads instead. They all looked good! I had a pasty chef friend who actually baked me a Paris Brest for my birthday. That memory brings a big smile. Not your typical birthday cake. I just saw @Horizon chaser 1957's quote about forgiveness and drinking poison. Great quote and very true. Sometimes it's hard to forgive, but the alternative is probably worse. Everyone, thanks for your contributions here. We're all packed and ready for a quick drive this weekend to port of San Diego to meet the Koningsdam and some Daily friends. These one-week cruises are so hectic that everyone has to talk fast when they meet. But it's still wonderful to see one another, nonetheless. Wishing all a pleasant and safe day. 😊 🍂 🎃 Maxine
  6. Please do tell us later one about your wine tour. I hadn't known them to do this in San Diego before and am curious where you go. There are several nice wineries in Escondido now that have good dining areas for a lunch, dinner or banquet, so it's not necessary to drive all the way out to Temecula. I hope you have a great day.
  7. Good afternoon Everyone and thanks once again to the Daily contributors. The collection of days is interesting. Agree with @St. Louis Sal that the term "Mad Hatter" is jarring, knowing where it comes from. Kale is easy to grow here in San Diego, so I keep some going through the winter to chop up and add to soups, just for the nutritional value. I can't eat it raw in salads, as many do. The chicken dish looks like a nice autumn meal. We were supposed to stop in Guaymas this December, but holiday plans changed and so that one is cancelled. Maybe next year. @jimgevis an inspiration today. It's really time DH and I reach a compromise over a new refrigerator. 😉 Whether out on adventures at sea, or at home keeping the home fires burning, very best to all. Enjoy the rest of this nice October day.
  8. @kazu...speaking of home improvements -- I think it was you, and some others, who were talking the other day about light fixtures and how replacing older ones can be difficult. We have some recessed lighting in our home that I want to keep, as I like the quality of light that comes from the older fixtures. I have ordered replacement bulbs from this company -- probably enough to last as long as I do. Thinking this resource might be helpful to someone here. https://www.lightingsupply.com
  9. It’s really easy to apply — just with a cloth — and lasts longer than one would expect.
  10. Good afternoon, All. It's nice to see a James Thurber quote today. His book "Many Moons" was our absolute number one favorite as kids. I have a copy here to read to our grandchildren. Happy Anniversary, @kplady. I hope you have a wonderful celebratory day. It's good to hear that @Seasick Sailor's Allen is doing well. Boo on the house construction, though. I just put white "grout renewal," which is basically white paint, over our guest bath tile. That should hold off our remodeling for another 10 years. 🙄 @VMax1700...we are all rooting for you. Weird things happen that are mysteriously instantly super painful, and then they go away just as mysteriously. We want that back pain to get moving along right this minute, so you can enjoy your great cruise. Everyone, you're all great story tellers -- in words and pictures. We enjoy the stories every day here. Wishing a very pleasant afternoon/evening to each and every one. Thanks for the Daily.
  11. It's seriously delicious at Sel de Mer. Someone upthread said it was the best bouillabaisse they have ever had. I would agree. There is some flavor in it that I keep trying to identify, but to no avail. Something to look forward to, RKA.
  12. Awwww....I like your dining companion. Perfectly lovely.
  13. You said it. No extra stress needed right now.
  14. That is one strange story, 12cruise2. At least when they put them below the nose, there's some honesty involved. What a world.
  15. Awhile back, RuthC posted something about her party clothes needing to come out to play from time to time. She was so right! Packing is unreal after so long. Clothes are tight, crushed in the closet, rumpled, and worn out, even if they were never worn! Let's get 'em out to play! lol
  16. Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday, @JazzyV Vanessa. Hope you have a great dinner out, Libra Girl! 😊 🎂 🎈 🎊
  17. They're not as cheesy in Sel de Mer. They are maybe more wine/buttery? Both delicious. If I had to pick one, I'd probably go MDR. But that might just be a sentimental favorite. The ones in Sel de Mer are also in the special plates. Looking back, I think they used to serve them with shells and you had to dig them out. They were just in the dishes recently in Alaska. No shells.
  18. I’m sailing soon and it’s showing up on the Navigator app now. You can see the rest of the menu is same as MDR, with the addition of lamb for CO. Only one day is showing at this point in time. (Sorry for the odd screenshots. I took them off my phone. Not the best.)
  19. On our recent Alaska cruise, I had the foie gras, lamb, and Rudi's soufflé. It was literally one of the best meals ever. DH had the catch of the day fish, which was halibut. He said it was really good. Our server told us they brought the fish onboard in Juneau. DH always orders the steak tartare, so it must be very good. The escargot are favorites, too. Different than those in MDR. I had the dover sole four times in a row, so definitely enjoy that. And btw, NCTribeFan, we've tried all the desserts. Like you, I'm not a dessert person. The soufflé is hands down my favorite. Not too sweet, berries at the bottom of it. It's really nice. Edit to add I just saw Av8rix's comment about steak tartare pre-covid. DH just had it in Alaska. It's the same as before. I know the OP mentioned the need to stay away from mollusks, but for others out there, the bouillabaisse in Sel de Mer is not the same as cioppino in PG. The bouillabaisse has some kind of magical flavoring. I love it, but really should stay away from mollusks and bivalves as well.
  20. When we visited, DD and I went on a ship's tour because we felt safest doing that. DH and DS picked up a tour off the street. At the end of the day, we compared. DH really had us going, telling us how they made a stop for tea and scones at the governor's palace and had private walk through the gardens there, etc., etc. In reality, the tours were exactly alike. He was just pulling our leg. Always the trickster!
  21. Just a side note on water... We thought the canned water being sold onboard was really good. (I thought I took a photo to remember the brand, but can't find it.) Anyhow, I made a whisky and water, which is an unforgiving test of water, and the drink was clean and bright. Better than the bottled water sold before IMHO.
  22. Good morning. All. It's so great that @rafinmd is finally over that pesky rehab and the @dfishfound some back relief. Way to work through the challenges! We are soon heading out to the Spooktacular at SeaWorld with DD and DGD. DGD gets to wear a costume and trick-or-treat. It's frugal because we have annual passes. Jambalaya anything is a favorite around here. The recipes look wonderful. I do enjoy a gin & tonic every so often. We were in Granada in June 2004 on a Princess cruise and of all Caribbean islands, we had one of our nicest touring days there. Then in September of 2004 Hurricane Ivan hit the island very, very hard. We were so sad to hear of it and felt fortunate to have seen the island before it suffered so much damage. It will be interesting today to hear how impressions vary depending on when a visit took place. Everyone, wishing you a very pleasant day. Thanks Rich and Team for this bright spot on the internet. 😊 🎃
  23. In Alaska at Rudi's Sel de Mer they had halibut that they said they brought onboard at Juneau. It was really, really good. DH is fussy about fish and he was very happy.
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